Town News Summer 2020

Join the Town of Lake Lure in Honoring 

Health Care Workers, First Responders, and All Essential Workers

This Labor Day, September 7, 2020

 

 

WHAT: The Town of Lake Lure had to postpone this year's fireworks event due to COVID-19.  The Fireworks event has been postponed for Labor Day. 

The Town of Lake Lure salutes all health care workers, first responders and essential workers this Labor Day!  Thank you for your service during this challenging time.

WHEN: September 7, 2020 at Dusk

WHERE: Morse Park, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746

 

 NC COVID-19 Updates 

September 1, 2020

 

Today, Governor Cooper announced that the state will move into Phase 2.5 starting this Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 5:00pm.  Please see below press clipping for more in depth information, however, I have listed some of the key points:

  • Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. 
  • Playgrounds may open. 
  • Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity. 
  • Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity. 
  • Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed. 
  • Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits. 

Here are links for Executive Order 163 and the FAQs for EO 163

Read the Executive Order.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions

 Knowing when to dial up or down measures that slow the spread of the virus depends on North Carolina’s testing, tracing and trends. The data in the NC COVID-19 dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following.

The following graphs illustrate the NC lab confirmed COVID-19 cases, the number of completed tests, and those currently hospitalized.  For additional information and data about COVID-19 in Rutherford County, as well as state guidelines, please read more here...

As of 9/1/20 there have been 169,424 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 946 hospitalizations, and 2,741 deaths related to COVID-19.   

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2020



Governor Roy Cooper Extends 11 pm Alcohol Curfew Through September

Read Executive Order 162

RALEIGH: In an effort to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 162 to extend the limited hours on the sale of alcoholic drinks in North Carolina. As the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Order requires restaurants to end the sale of alcoholic beverages at 11 pm. This Order will remain in effect through October 2, 2020.

“North Carolina has made good progress stabilizing our COVID-19 numbers, and this order will help us continue it,” said Governor Cooper. “Now is the time to continue staying cautious and vigilant as we work to beat this pandemic.”

Local governments that have implemented orders that end alcohol sales before 11 pm or that apply to other entities remain in effect.



Read Executive Order 162.

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COVID-19 PRESS RELEASES:

·  NCDHHS Adds Testing Turnaround Times to COVID-19 Dashboard (8/26/20)

·  Governor Cooper Announces $175 Million to Assist with Rental, Utility Payments for North Carolinians (8/25/20)

·  New NCDHHS Toolkit to Help Community Organizations Host COVID-19 Testing Events  (8/25/20)

·  NCDHHS Announces COVID-19 Support Services Program for Individuals in Isolation or Quarantine  (8/25/20)

·  NCDHHS Launches “¡Recuerda las 3Ms!” Campaign to Increase Awareness of Preventative Measures to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (Spanish) (8/24/20)

·  NCDHHS Announces Upcoming No-Cost COVID-19 Community Testing Event (8/24/20)

 

UPDATED COVID-19 Support Services Fact Sheet

NEW community testing events added

Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

August 31, 2020

There are (9) new positive cases since we reported on Friday, 8/31/20. There are (995) total positive cases and (147) total active cases. There are currently (14) hospitalizations and sadly there have been (24) COVID-19 related deaths in the county.

There have been (29) total cases in Lake Lure's zip code (28746), which extends beyond the Lake Lure Town limits. There are currently (7) known active case in the Lake Lure zip code (28746). We never know where the virus may be so we must take precautions at all times.

We must stay vigilant in social distancing, wearing facial coverings in public, and good hygiene and using protective measures to keep ourselves safe. We cannot lose focus of this serious situation, which is to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and to save lives.

Your Public Health team is dedicated and committed to keeping you safe and protecting the community.

For additional information about COVID-19 data in Rutherford County and NC read more here...

To contact the Foothills Health District Please call Rutherford Co. (828) 287-6100, McDowell (828) 652-6811, or visit the website at http://www.foothillshd.org/

 

 

County COVID-19 Deaths

 

 

We are saddened to announce that there has been another COVID-19 death in Rutherford County. There are are now (24) total deaths in the county related to COVID-19.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19.

We are so sorry for their loss and are holding each family in our hearts. 

 

 

2020 Census

Complete the 2020 Census Now!

 

All it takes is 10 minutes to make an impact for the next 10 years. It’s safe, easy and convenient. You can take the Census using a computer, mobile phone, telephone or paper form. The most important thing you can do is be counted.

When you take the Census, you can impact:

  • the number of seats we have in Congress; 
  • funding for community needs likes roads, schools, emergency services, housing, senior services, and youth programs; and 
  • job opportunities in your community.

The 2020 Census will not ask for your citizenship status, religious affiliation, social security number, financial information or donations.

  • Why the Census is so important for NC? 
  •  Ask your friends and family members if they have completed the 2020 Census.

  • Send a note to your neighborhood listserv, NextDoor community, or Facebook group.

  • Ask your religious institutions, schools, and other community facilities if they can remind people to fill out the 2020 Census using their displays.

  • Complete the 2020 Census now.

As of August 2020. according go the Census data, only 23.7% of Lake Lure households have completed the 2020 Census. Please help us

 

Storm Preparation

August 28, 2020

 

After Hurricane Laura battered the Texas-Louisiana coast, the storm is expected to travel inland and up through the Tennessee Valley Friday night and across Kentucky and Virginia on Saturday. In western North Carolina, wet soil and strong, gusty winds will likely lead to considerable tree damage and downed power lines. Gusty winds will develop across the higher elevations after midnight Friday and into Saturday with speeds up to 50 mph. Below is more information from our meteorologists. 

Duke Energy has a detailed storm plan and is preparing to respond to outages as they occur.  Customers who experience a power outage can report it the following ways:

·  Visit duke-energy.com on a desktop computer or mobile device.

·  Use the Duke Energy mobile app – download the Duke Energy App from a smartphone via Apple Store or Google Play.

·  Text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply).

·  Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-419-6356)

·  Duke Energy Progress: 800-419-6356

For storm or power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy). See the outage map at www.duke-energy.com/outages. Customers can also sign up to receive outage alerts. Tips on what to do before, during and after a storm can be found at www.duke-energy.com/safety-and-preparedness/storm-safety

 

 

Storm Preparation

August 26, 2020

 

  The Town of Lake Lure’s Emergency Management team has meet to prepare for forecasted rain this week.  Please prepare for this storm by securing your outdoor equipment.  

At this time, the plan is to lower the Lake by  one foot below full pond on Friday, 8/28/20.  This plan may be adjusted as new information becomes available.   Please stay tuned. 

 
We want to be sure that everyone is registered for Everbridge, the emergency notification system utilized by Lake Lure and Rutherford County. This system replaced the Code Red System that was used in 2019 and in previous years. You must register separately for Everbridge to receive future emergency notifications.
 
You may opt-in to enter your contact information and subscribe based on your preferences. The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose. It just takes a moment so please click here to register, or confirm your registration: https://member.everbridge.net/index/305943405396052#/login
 
We are thinking of all those who will be impacted by the storm. Be safe!
 

Lake Lure Artists Making Mandalas

August 27, 2020 

 

 

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Lake Lure Artists met at the Morse Park Gazebo to create mandalas made of natural objects, including flowers, seeds, leaves, pine cones, vegetables, along with glass and other interesting items.

The literal meaning word Mandala means circle, and circle mandalas are also one of the most commonly available form of mandalas. Creating mandalas evoke a deeper connection with the self and the universe at large. A Mandala can also symbolize the idea of life energy. The circular design in Mandalas can represent the life force as a whole and how it retains never-ending energy.

A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners as an aid to meditation.

We hope you enjoy the collage above which showcases the natural mandalas created by Lake Lure Artists.  For more information about Lake Lure Artists, please visit lakelureartists.org.

 

 

  In Remembrance of Anthony Brodfuhrer

1934 - 8/13/20

Anthony “Tony” Brodfuhrer of Lake Lure passed away on August 13, 2020. He was 86 and was born in 1934 in Brooklyn, NY to Eric and Hermine Brodfuhrer. He married his college sweetheart, Karla in 1957 and they were together for 56 years, until her passing. Tony had two sons, Russell and Douglas, both of New Jersey, and a daughter, Karen, of Florida.  He had four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his beloved dog. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Eric.

Tony served for several years as a lieutenant in the US Army.  He retired as Director of Engineers for Union Carbide. He served as President of the Rumbling Bald Resort Property Owners Association, on the Zoning/Planning Board at the Town of Lake Lure from June 1998 until December 2009, on the Town’s ABC Board, as Captain of the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Fire Department Board, and the Fairfield Mountains Chapel.  

Tony worked closely with Town Commissioner John Kilby over the years.  Commissioner Kilby said the following when asked about Tony.  “How would I best describe Tony Brodfuhrer?

1.     The perfect gentleman.

2.     A true and trusted friend.

3.     The ultimate professional.

4.     Committed and dedicated to the task at hand.

5.     Detailed (in a good way) to the facts of an issue or subject.

6.     Totally dependable and trustworthy.

7.     Fair in every aspect.

Tony was dedicated to his family and friends and community.  As a result of his contributions over the years our neighborhood and community is a much better place.  His many years of volunteering and his willingness to serve will always be greatly appreciated.

PS: “Of course” he always had an opinion and was more than willing to share it with anyone.  That was what I loved most about Tony!”

A memorial service will be held in Tony's honor at a later date. Please consider donations to the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 (https://hocf.org/) in memory of Tony.

Online condolences may be made at www.crowemortuary.com.

 

 

Important Town Updates

August 17, 2020

              

The Town of Lake Lure remains open for business through the drop box at the window at the front door of Town Hall.  Effective 8/11/20 the Lake Lure Town Hall and all other Town buildings providing government services were closed to the public due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the 28746 area code.

The Town of Lake Lure continues to comply with guidance from the Foothills Health District and CDC regarding COVID-19 precautions.  After business hours on Tuesday, 8/11/20, the Town was notified that one employee tested positive for the virus.  The Town facilitated voluntary COVID-19 testing for all Town employees.

To date, there have been no notifications of any other employees testing positive for COVID-19. The one employee who tested positive is recovering at home. Out of an abundance of caution, several Town staff are working virtually.  Town staff may be reached via telephone or on email. Payments may be made through the drop box at the window at the front door of Town Hall. There is also a window drop box at the Community Development Department’s Office.

Additionally, Town Council meetings will be held virtually and recorded. A link to the recording or all regular Town Council meetings will be posted for public viewing.  If you would like to submit public comment, you may send your comments to the attention of Town Clerk at townclerk@townoflakelure.com, by dropping your commends in the window at the front of Town Hall, or mail them to the Town Clerk at PO Box 255, Lake Lure, NC 28745.  Board meetings will also be held virtually until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and concern for Town staff. Updates will be provided on the Town Website’s “Town News” as new information becomes available. You may find additional information regarding COVID-19 on the Town’s COVID-19 webpage at: covid-19-updates.php

We continue to thank all who are using universal precautions, practicing social distancing guidelines, and wearing facial coverings when you are in public places. For questions, please contact our Communications Specialist Laura Krejci at 803-318-7805, extension 103.

 

 

Important Town Updates

August 11,2020

              

Effective 8/11/20 the Lake Lure Town Hall and all other Town buildings providing government services will be closed to the public out of an abundance of caution due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the 28746 area code. Town staff may be reached via telephone or on email. Payments may be made through the drop box at the window at the front door of Town Hall.
 
Town Council meetings will be held virtually and recorded. A link to the recording will be posted following the meetings for public viewing. Board meetings will also be held virtually until further notice.
 
Thank you for your patience. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available. You may find additional information regarding COVID-19 on the Town website below and here on the COVID-19 webpage.
 

 

Latest Comic Strip

by Sha'Linda Pruitt

 

 

 

Earthquake Shakes Lake Lure

August 9, 2020